Amen Non-Vintage Port-de-Merlot
Released: April 2011
Bouquet: Complex floral bouquet of dark cherry fruit.
Palate: Lovely strawberry and dark plum characters.
Food Pairings: Pork, salmon, shark; any dishes with mushrooms tend to bring out the flavors of this wine.
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Our 2009 Pinot Noir is composed of 100% estate grown fruit. There are two distinctive blocks of Pinot Noir at Blasted Church – the upper block produces Pinot Noir that is rich in color and body, while the lower block produces wines with fruit driven aroma and flavor. Very unique to the 2009 vintage is that the two blocks were picked on the same day, September 23, 2009.
The winemaking for our 2009 Pinot Noir began with whole bunch sorting. This process removes any undesirable material. The must was then transferred into a tank where it underwent a cold soak for 4 to 7 days. The must was warmed and inoculated with a specific yeast strain. Fermentation lasted for an additional 7 to 14 days. The wine was pressed into French oak barrels and left to age for 9 months. After nine months the Pinot Noir was blended with a small portion of carbonic macerated Pinot Noir. Carbonic maceration is a process where whole grape clusters are left alone to ferment in their skins. Once the fruit has begun fermenting, the grapes are stomped on and left to ferment. This process results in fruitier wines and are lower in tannins.